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We Are X

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"The music never had to be explained. For childhood friends Yoshiki and Toshi, forming their band X in 1982 was a way of living through music. Soon they were selling out international stadiums by perfecting their own style of amps-to-11 glam rock—dubbed “psychedelic violence crime of visual shock” (imagine Iron Maiden with a David Bowie spirit animal)—and connecting with millions of fans.
Their journey to play Madison Square Garden amidst a Beatlemania-shaped maelstrom is expertly captured by director Stephen Kijak and editors Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin, who dismantle the kitsch and dig into the cult of personality to reveal a story of misfortune and tragedy that has shadowed the band time and again. Just as it is for their fans, music becomes a lifeblood for X Japan, as they are forced to reinvent and regroup in order to survive. Cameos by artistic giants including Marilyn Manson and David Lynch mark some memorable moments in this roller-coaster musical experience." Sundance Film Festival


Type of film
Running Time
93 mins
Stephen Kijak
John Battsek, Diane Becker, Jonathan McHugh, Jonathan Platt
Mako Kamitsuna, John Maringouin
Director of Photography
Sean Kirby, John Maringouin
Principal Cast
Yoshiki, Toshi, Pata, Hiroshi Morie, Sugizo, Gene Simmons

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Last updated 22nd March 2016

Production Company

USA, UK coproduction

Prettybird (US), Passion PIctures (UK)

Passion Pictures
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